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Matrix Copy / Step & Repeats
« on: June 06, 2017, 11:03:17 AM »
This feature request has made it to the top of my list, so I am looking for some inputs.

It will be for vector only, but I don't know if it would only be necessary for Sketch or also for CAD import. The reason I wouldn't expect it to be necessary for CAD import is it would be much easier to apply the repeats before exporting.

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Re: Matrix Copy / Step & Repeats
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2017, 05:20:23 PM »
If I understand the need, the very next request you will get once you implement step and repeat is to nest the patterns so the optimum use is made of material. Nesting is, I believe a bit difficult.
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Re: Matrix Copy / Step & Repeats
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2017, 06:31:01 PM »
It is, I have no plans to implement nesting.

I think the matrix copy or step and repeat would be for Sketch, so you could draw a 20 mm circle and specify 5 by 2 with 2 mm gap/spacing and get 10 circles in a 108 by 42 mm area.

I'm just not sure why you would want to use it for DXF as that is best done in your CAD program where nesting or other optimization is possible.

Any other inputs before I go ahead and write the code for Sketch and call that feature complete?

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Re: Matrix Copy / Step & Repeats
« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2017, 11:47:59 AM »
Zax, I agree with your position.

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Re: Matrix Copy / Step & Repeats
« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2017, 09:26:14 AM »
You're going to have fun with this...

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Re: Matrix Copy / Step & Repeats
« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2017, 08:52:28 PM »
looks like a good way to do a whole set of coasters
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Re: Matrix Copy / Step & Repeats
« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2017, 04:42:29 AM »
I'm sure you will find a use for it  ;)

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Re: Matrix Copy / Step & Repeats
« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2017, 06:03:41 AM »
labelling all the kids colour markers and pencils for school!!
the S.O. will be happy, thanks Zax!
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Re: Matrix Copy / Step & Repeats
« Reply #8 on: June 15, 2017, 08:52:10 AM »
Nottingham. you better find a use for it. I need to know how to steal the idea  ;D

Coasters..... OH YEAH. With my A3, that could be very usefull
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Re: Matrix Copy / Step & Repeats
« Reply #9 on: June 16, 2017, 06:03:50 AM »
While testing this feature I came up with an unexpected use.

Matrix Copy can be used to make patterns!

It's really cool with the EggBot but could probably be used for other things too.